High Protein Mac and Cheese Recipe

High Protein Mac and Cheese

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High protein mac and cheese is a delicious comfort food. It can be high in protein, calories, and good nutrition too.

For those needing some extra calories to either stop weight loss or promote weight gain, this high protein mac and cheese is a great option.

The broccoli in this recipe adds some extra color, fiber, and boost of nutrients. The broccoli can be left out for more picky eaters.

Type of Pasta

This particular recipe calls for whole wheat fusilli pasta. This product comes in a variety of pasta types from classic elbows to rotini to penne to farfalle pasta.

Barilla Protein Plus pasta is another good pasta option. It is high in fiber, protein, and other nutrients like omega-3 fats. This pasta is a good option for those with diabetes or those trying to eat fewer simple carbohydrates.

There are other brands and types of pasta you can select. Just be sure to read the nutrition facts label for calorie and protein count on individual ingredients.

Type of Cheese

This recipe calls for cheddar cheese but note that you can use whichever type of cheese you prefer. Adding combinations of cheese is also a good way to add variety.

Types of cheese to consider include:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sharp cheddar
  • Gouda cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Provolone cheese

When purchasing cheeses, look for regular whole fat options. Low fat or fat free cheeses will be lower in calories.

Budget Friendly Foods

If you are on a budget and trying to find cheap foods, this recipe is a great high calorie option!

Many of the ingredients included in this recipe (ex. broccoli, pasta, and milk) are found on the 41 Cheap Foods list from Stack Your Stacks.

Be sure to check out their Dollar Tree Meal Plan for even more budget-friendly ideas!

How to Make Mac and Cheese

Making mac and cheese from scratch does take a bit of effort (compared to premade boxed mac and cheese)! But homemade mac and cheese sure is tasty.

To make high protein mac and cheese you first boil your noodles. Then in a separate pot you will make your cheese sauce. Then you simply combine the noodles and sauce and any extra add-ins.

A way to use fewer pots and pans is to cook your mac and cheese in an Instant Pot.

High Protein mac and cheese

High Protein Mac and Cheese Add ins

There are many delicious foods you can add in to your high protein mac and cheese.

  • Chicken breast
  • Shredded pork
  • Beef strips
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Extra cheese
  • Cheesy croutons

There is no limit to the options of foods you can add in. It really all depends on your personal preference.

Adding meat products to your mac and cheese will add even more protein. This particular recipe is high protein vegetarian recipe.

High Protein Mac and Cheese

Now let’s get cooking! This recipe is high in protein from the special pasta. It is high in calories from the whole milk and cheeses. And it is tasty because of the amazing combo of ingredients!

Enjoy the recipe and be sure to let us know what you think.

High Protein Mac and Cheese

High Protein Mac and Cheese

High protein mac and cheese with broccoli and plenty of calories to stop unintended weight loss and promote weight gain.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 6 servings
Calories 403 kcal


  • 14.5 ounces whole wheat fusilli pasta
  • 4 cups Frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Cook pasta according to box directions and add 1 tsp salt to the water.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, melt together milk, butter, yogurt, salt and pepper. Stir frequently.
  • Cook frozen broccoli according to directions on the bag.
  • Drain pasta when done and combine with cheese sauce and broccoli.


Barilla Protein Plus Pasta is a pasta option with even more protein.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 20gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 994mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 8gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 726IUVitamin C: 54mgCalcium: 291mgIron: 1mg
Keyword protein, vegetarian
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